Strong voice for vets ‘vital’ in 2017, says BVA

Unpredictable

BCVA president Andrew Cobner turned to the world of children’s fiction when asked for his thoughts on 2016 and the implications of Brexit.

He said: “2016 has been a little like one of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected that used to grace our TV screens in the 1970s. Trying to predict the next twist in the tale proved too much for some – ask David Cameron or Hillary Clinton.

“By comparison, the veterinary world has been pretty stable, but the true impact of the vote to leave the EU is still in Roald Dahl’s realm.

“The veterinary labour market is a global one. It would be tragic if this exchange of veterinary skills and knowledge were to stop. Our non-UK colleagues are a vital part of the workforce and must be cherished and protected from any potential Brexit impacts.”

Support

Meanwhile, the BSAVA confirmed its ongoing support for the Mind Matters initiative and its commitment to supporting newly qualified vets through the coming year.

President Susan Dawson reflected on the fact BSAVA had been involved in many consultations, often in partnership with the BVA and specialist groups, and that collaborative conversations were set to continue and include topics such as telemedicine, tick treatments and Schedule 3.

  • Read the full story in the January 16 issue of Veterinary Times.